Safeguard the Eucharistic Mystery - Cardinal Francis
Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship,
explains the purpose of Redemptionis Sacramentum. In curbing
liturgical abuses, the norms established preserve the unity of the Church
and protect sound doctrine, particularly regarding the Holy Eucharist.
A Matter of Helping,
Not Hindering the Faith - Archbishop Angelo Amato, S.D.B.
Archbishop Amato, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, comments on how the Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum
highlights the ecclesiality of the Eucharist, as represented in the
liturgical norms. Failure to observe these norms distorts the Faith, and
weakens the unity of the Church.
An Experience of
Mystery, Communion - Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino
Archbishop Sorrentino, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine
Worship, offers "some interpretative keys to the Instruction
Redemptionis Sacramentum so that people can grasp the spiritual
inspiration that brings it to life." Liturgical norms are necessary to
ensure that the eucharistic celebration is an expression of faith, an
experience of the mystery, and an experience of communion.
'Promote, Moderate, Guard' the Liturgy - Fr Urbano
Commenting on the Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, Fr
Navarrete, Professor Emeritus at the Pontifical Gregorian University,
defines the meaning of an Instructio, before outlining the
responsibility of Bishops, as "moderators of the Liturgy," to "promote,
moderate, guard" the liturgy in the Churches entrusted to them.
responding to Christ in the liturgy - Gerhard Ludwig Müller
of Regensburg, Germany,
recalls that a primary purpose of the liturgical reform of Vatican II was
"to reaffirm the interiorization and deepening of Christian life among the
faithful." But the reform has fallen short of its purpose where liturgical
abuses hinder the faithful from perceiving Christ in the liturgy.
Authentically Encountering Jesus in the
Eucharist - Cardinal Joachim Meisner
In his commentary, Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne, Germany, observes that
"The People of God have
a right to an authentically celebrated Holy Mass. From this fact derives
the priest's solemn obligation to celebrate Holy Mass in accordance with
the liturgical norms."
Spirituality of the Church - Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith
The Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, examines the
source of deviations from the true intent of the liturgical reform. The
intent was misinterpreted as a reduction of the Faith, rather than an
updating of it, which led to a dilution of eucharistic theology and a free
and easy approach to the liturgy.
doctrine alone determine discipline -
Bishop Mario Oliveri
The Bishop of Albenga-Imperia,
Member of the Congregation for Divine Worship, recalls the solid teaching
in John Paul II's Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, which
addressed the defects in faith and understanding represented in liturgical
abuses, which are themselves addressed by Redemptionis Sacramentum.
the Sacred Liturgy - Cardinal
Jorge A. Médina Estévez
The Prefect emeritus of the
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
explains the principles and conditions for worthy celebration of the
Sacraments, with particular emphasis on the manner of lay participation,
as called for by the Second Vatican Council.
Full Meaning of 'Real Presence' - Father Inos Biffi
Father Biffi, of the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas, recalls the
centrality of the doctrine of transubstantiation to Catholic belief and
the importance of Eucharistic devotion to the life of the Church.
The Problem of
the 'Anti-Sacrificial Reflex' - Prof. Michael Schulz
Michael Schulz, Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Faculty of
Catholic Theology of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität,
Bonn, observes the common reaction against sacrificial language regarding
the Eucharist, high-lighted in Redemptionis Sacramentum, and
ascribes it to a deistic bias.
Priest and Daily Celebration of Holy Mass - Father James O'Kane
Father O'Kane, basing his teaching on Redemptionis Sacramentum,
urges all priests to celebrate daily, observing that even Masses
celebrated sine populo are done in persona Christi and
therefore "in the full presence of the universal Church."
Priests, Lay Faithful and Holy Mass - Manfred Hauke
Father Hauke, Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Patrology at Lugano,
Switzerland, focuses on the ministerial
priesthood, as derived not from the people, but from Christ. The priest
does not represent the people to Christ, but Christ to the people, and
the people to God only as representing Christ their Head.